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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 June, 2005, 05:25 GMT 06:25 UK
Plea to rebuild fire-hit school
Fire scene from East Sussex Fire and Rescue
Twelve fire appliances were sent out to tackle the "severe fire"
The headteacher of a Sussex secondary school severely damaged by fire has said it would be more efficient to rebuild the school from scratch.

The arson attack at the Tideway School in Newhaven on 5 April destroyed the main hall, library and staff room, as well as damaging 40 classrooms.

Since the blaze pupils have been taught in portacabins and temporary buildings.

Adrian Money said instead of spending 3m on refurbishment he would rather see a modern school built on the site.

"My preferred option is to knock everything down and build a totally new school within the school site.

Tideways School
Children are being taught in temporary classrooms and portacabins

"We're going to be spending millions of pounds getting this school back up and running and it really isn't going to be a school that I see fit for the 21st century," he added.

The damage has been estimated at about 3m.

Many pupils lost GCSE and A-level coursework in the fire.

Those worst affected were Design and Technology students.

Head of the department Kay Jacques said: "My personal work plus past pupils' work going back 10 years which I use to inspire the current students is all gone."

A 15-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with arson and burglary and is due to stand trial on 22 August.

Fire-hit school closed for weeks
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09 Apr 05 |  Southern Counties

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